Today was a day that was built on yesterday working on the same church in the middle of a devastated neighborhood where I saw only 1 actual resident. The church has a serious mold problem due to the 3-4 ft of standing water that had been inside. I feel as though our job will greatly help the community by helping them get on their way to having a place where they can come together and regroup. I want to help restore part of N.O. culture and I think this is a step in the right direction.
Today was a great day. We began with an inspirational/informational speech from Mardi Gras Service Corps and Ashe’ Cultural Arts Center Director, Carol Bebelle, which let us know just how much our work is appreciated by the people of New Orleans who are “trying to put the flesh back on the bone.” This means that our help is a start in giving power back to the people. Later we worked at a church where the Deacon and family were there and had already begun the rebuilding process. We were the first group to help and help we did. They expressed so much love and thanks to us and blessed us for helping not only them out but the city in general. Even strangers walking the street in South Park where we were wanted to hear our story and hug and thank us for our gift of time and labor. This makes a normally selfless job feel so good to be doing.